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Auckland homeowners to pay $1.10 a week under ‘climate tax’ plan to green the city

The levy will raise $NZ574m over 10 years and will pay for 15,000 mature trees, 4,000 saplings, electric ferries, and new cycle pathsHomeowners in New Zealand’s largest city will have to chip in around a dollar a week to plant urban forests, pave cycle lanes and reduce Auckland’s emissions, under the city’s proposal for one of the world’s first climate-targeted rates.Auckland’s mayor, Phil Goff, announced plans on Wednesday for a billion-dollar climate package to reshape the city’s infrastructur...
Tags: Environment, New Zealand, Transport policy, Auckland, Phil Goff


‘We are sick of double speak’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live

Latest updates: Macron slams Boris Johnson for trying to negotiate with him via Twitter as it cancels talks with UK officials over Channel crossingsChannel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with FranceAnalysis: France senses policing alone won’t stop risky crossingsChannel drownings unlikely to slow exodus from Iraqi KurdistanCoronavirus global updates – liveThe French government has accused Boris Johnson of “double speak”. In a briefing, the French government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Wales, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Plaid Cymru, Northern Ireland, Social Care, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Down's Syndrome, Johnson, Liam Fox, Keir Starmer


Johnson’s plan for Irish Sea bridge or tunnel rejected by official study

Review finds both would be vastly expensive, fraught with complexities and take at least 30 years to openBoris Johnson’s proposal for a bridge or tunnel linking Scotland to Northern Ireland has been rejected by a feasibility study as vastly expensive and fraught with potential difficulties.Released alongside a wider so-called , which called for investment in road, rail and domestic aviation to better connect the four UK nations, the found either a bridge or tunnel would be at the very edge of...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Scotland, UK News, Infrastructure, Northern Ireland, Transport, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Johnson, Irish Sea


Boris Johnson’s plan for Irish Sea bridge rejected over £335bn cost

Project or alternative of a £209bn tunnel would be vastly expensive and fraught with complexities, study saysBoris Johnson’s proposal for a bridge or tunnel linking Scotland to Northern Ireland has been rejected by a feasibility study as vastly expensive – £335bn for the bridge or £209bn for the tunnel – and fraught with potential difficulties.Released alongside a wider so-called , which called for investment in road, rail and domestic aviation to better connect the four UK nations, the found...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Scotland, UK News, Infrastructure, Northern Ireland, Transport, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Johnson, Irish Sea


South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant

Flights from six countries will be banned as officials review travel measures after scientists voice concern over variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Africa, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Transport, Health policy, Transport policy


HS2 rail leg to Leeds scrapped, Grant Shapps confirms

Anger in northern England and Midlands, with high-speed Leeds-Manchester line also not going aheadWhat’s in the rail plan and what was promisedThe eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds has been scrapped and a full high-speed east-west line linking Manchester to Leeds will not be built, the government has confirmed, as it insisted faster train journeys would be delivered earlier and cheaper under a £96bn rail plan.The high-speed rail network will go ahead to Manchester but be curtailed at an existing east ...
Tags: Business, Politics, England, UK News, Manchester, Transport, Yorkshire, Rail transport, Birmingham, Transport policy, Leeds, Grant Shapps, North Of England, Midlands, Rail industry, Leeds Manchester


DfT says rail benefits to come 10 years early amid fury over cuts to HS2

Government vows faster train journeys to be delivered ahead of expected decision to axe key projectsNo 10 has said its downgraded rail plan will bring faster connections a decade earlier, amid fury in northern England and the Midlands over the scrapping of both the eastern leg of the high-speed HS2 and a promised new fast line from Manchester to Leeds.The long-delayed integrated rail plan (IRP), being published later on Thursday, is expected to confirm the axing of key schemes to save billions o...
Tags: Politics, England, UK News, Economic policy, Manchester, Transport, Rail transport, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Hs2, North Of England, Midlands, IRP


Foreign lorry drivers to be allowed to make more UK deliveries

Plan announced to temporarily change ‘cabotage’ rules to prevent shortages in run-up to ChristmasForeign lorry drivers will be able to make an unlimited number of pick-ups and drop-offs in a fixed period in the UK under changes to rules proposed by the government to prevent shortages of products in the run-up to Christmas and into the new year.On Thursday, ministers announced a consultation on a plan to increase deliveries in the UK by temporarily changing so-called “cabotage” rules, which gove...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Transport, Transport policy, Supply Chain Crisis


Ban UK domestic flights and subsidise rail travel, urges transport charity

Exclusive: Campaign for Better Transport calls on government to end ‘climate disaster’ of internal flightsDomestic flights should be banned and long-distance train fares subsidised, transport campaigners have urged, highlighting the relative environmental and financial costs of air and rail travel.The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) called on ministers to outlaw internal UK flights if an equivalent train journey took less than five hours and to resist calls for any cut in air passenger duty....
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Environment, UK News, Transport, Airline Industry, Rail transport, Transport policy, Climate Crisis, Campaign for Better Transport CBT, Airline emissions, Better Transport


Getting public transport to work much harder in north of England

Report by centre-right thinktank will increase pressure on Boris Johnson to deliver on his ‘levelling up’ promiseWorkers living in northern England can access far fewer local jobs on public transport than those living in the south, according to a damning new report that will increase pressure on Boris Johnson to deliver on his “levelling up” promise.Those in the south can access up to seven times as many jobs by bus, train or tram, the report suggests. Continue reading...
Tags: England, UK News, Transport, Boris Johnson, Transport policy


Emergency visa scheme extended in major U-turn by Boris Johnson

Threat of Christmas being ruined by driver shortages forces ministers to expand range and duration of visasBoris Johnson’s government has made a dramatic U-turn in an attempt to save Christmas – with a raft of extended emergency visas to help abate labour shortages that have led to empty shelves and petrol station queues.New immigration measures will allow 300 fuel drivers to arrive immediately and stay until the end of March, while 100 army drivers will take to the roads from Monday, the govern...
Tags: Business, Politics, Christmas, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Military, Food & drink industry, Transport, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Supply Chain Crisis


EU lorry drivers will not help Britain ease its fuel crisis, union says

Official from Dutch-based FNV criticises visa plan as ‘dead end’ due to poor working conditionsSupply chain crisis – latest updatesHGV drivers from the European Union will not come to the UK on short-term contracts to ease the fuel crisis under government proposals announced at the weekend due to poor working conditions in the industry, a union official in Europe has warned.“The EU workers we speak to will not go to the UK for a short-term visa to help the UK out of the shit they created themsel...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Oil, Eu, European Union, UK News, Energy industry, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Netherlands, Transport, Transport policy, FNV, Supply Chain Crisis


Boris Johnson to consider using army to supply petrol stations

Ministers to discuss emergency plan Operation Escalin after BP reveals a third of its forecourts have shortagesHundreds of soldiers could be scrambled to deliver fuel to petrol stations running dry across the country due to panic buying and a shortage of drivers under an emergency plan expected to be considered by Boris Johnson on Monday.The prime minister will gather senior members of the cabinet to scrutinise “Operation Escalin” after BP admitted that a third of its petrol stations had run out...
Tags: Business, Politics, Oil, Conservatives, UK News, Energy industry, Transport, Boris Johnson, Bp, Transport policy, Brexit, Supply Chain Crisis, Petrol Retailers Association PRA


European lorry drivers ‘will not want to come to UK’, warn haulage chiefs

Emergency visa plan will not resolve Britain’s road transport crisis, says industry as majority blame Brexit in pollThe government’s emergency programme to issue temporary visas to thousands of lorry drivers is far too little to resolve Britain’s supply-chain crisis and is unlikely to attract them to the UK, haulage chiefs have warned.Downing Street on Saturday night confirmed hastily compiled plans to add 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers to a visa scheme until Christmas, to help the ...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Retail industry, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Food & drink industry, Transport, Transport policy, Downing Street, Brexit, Supply Chain Crisis


UK petrol stations warn over fuel shortages due to lack of HGV drivers

BP is forced to shut some stations and Esso says deliveries to some Tesco forecourts are affectedNils Pratley: Shortages should force a rethink of visa rules Three of the UK’s biggest operators of petrol stations have warned of fuel shortages at some forecourts across the country, with the severe lack of lorry drivers nationwide now disrupting fuel supplies.BP said yesterday that up to 100 of its forecourts were short of at least one grade of fuel, with several forced to close entirely due to pr...
Tags: Business, UK, Oil, Tesco, UK News, Oil and gas companies, Energy industry, Transport, Bp, Road transport, Transport policy, Brexit, Esso, Supply Chain Crisis


Transport noise linked to increased risk of dementia, study finds

Large survey involving two million adults found links between road and rail traffic and Alzheimer’s in particularExposure to noise from road traffic and railways is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind.Research has consistently linked transport noise to health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, but studies on transport noise and dementia were scarce and small, and findings inconsistent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, UK News, Mental Health, Health policy, Denmark, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Road transport, Transport policy, Research publishing


Emergency Brexit powers for lorry queues to be made permanent

Exclusive: ministers to make traffic provisions indefinite in expectation of further cross-Channel disruptionEmergency powers to handle post-Brexit queues of lorries heading for France are being made permanent, signalling the government expects further cross-Channel disruption.Operation Brock, a traffic management system designed to cope with queues of up to 13,000 lorries heading for mainland Europe across Kent, was meant to end by October 2021, after being extended once when the Brexit transit...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, European Union, UK News, Transport, Road transport, Transport policy, Kent, Grant Shapps, Brexit, Couriers/delivery industry


Getting on the right track with HS2 benefits | Letters

Jim Steer responds to an article by Simon Jenkins that said the high-speed rail link was of little use to the north, and Mark Sullivan hopes the West Midlands gets the transport hub it rejected a decade agoSimon Jenkins’ latest piece on HS2 (Depleted and unwanted, HS2 hurtles on as Johnson’s £100bn vanity project, 30 July) repeatedly mischaracterises both the case for, and the benefits of, a rail project that will transform connectivity in the UK.He talks as if services will only go from London ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Britain, Transport, Rail transport, Birmingham, Transport policy, Johnson, West Midlands, Hs2, North Of England, Simon Jenkins, Jenkins, Mark Sullivan


Vaccinated Britons can travel 'without looking over their shoulder', says Shapps – video

Fully vaccinated Britons will not have to quarantine on return from France and Spain for the next three weeks, bringing much needed business to the struggling tourism sector, according to the transport secretary.But Britons will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 'for evermore' in order to travel between countries, Grant Shapps has predicted, suggesting that quarantine restrictions for some arrivals in England will remain in place into the autumn.Shapps said it was vital to 'protect th...
Tags: Travel, England, France, Spain, Travel & leisure, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Shapps, Coronavirus


Cargo bikes deliver faster and cleaner than vans, study finds

Home deliveries are soaring and cargo bikes cut congestion and pollution in cities, researchers sayElectric cargo bikes deliver about 60% faster than vans in city centres, according to a study. It found that bikes had a higher average speed and dropped off 10 parcels an hour, compared with six for vans.The bikes also cut carbon emissions by 90% compared with diesel vans, and by a third compared with electric vans, the report said. Air pollution, which is still at illegal levels in many urban are...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Environment, Life and style, UK News, Cycling, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Transport, Road transport, Transport policy


Fully vaccinated Britons returning from France and Spain will not need to quarantine

Ministers ditch plans for watchlist of amber countries such as SpainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of Britons have been given the green light to travel to Europe’s holiday hotspots, avoiding quarantine on return from France and Spain where concerns have been raised about Covid variants.Ministers announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from France would no longer need to quarantine and ditched plans for a “watchlist” of amber coun...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, France, Spain, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Transport, Health policy, Transport policy, Coronavirus


Fully vaccinated UK arrivals from France will not need to quarantine

Ministers ditch plans for watchlist of amber countries such as SpainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of Britons have been given the green light to travel to Europe’s holiday hotspots, avoiding quarantine on return from France and Spain where concerns have been raised about Covid variants.Ministers announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from France would no longer need to quarantine and ditched plans for a “watchlist” of amber coun...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, France, Spain, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Transport, Health policy, Transport policy, Coronavirus


UK lorry drivers plan to strike over low pay and poor working conditions

Nearly 3,000 hauliers are proposing a ‘stay at home’ day, prompting fears over already creaking food supply chainsLorry drivers are planning a nationwide strike over their working conditions, prompting warnings that this would magnify food shortages and cripple the country’s already creaking supply chains.Hauliers are proposing a “stay at home” day next month in response to low pay and working terms, an event designed to compound the effect of the UK’s lorry-driver shortage , which last week led...
Tags: Food, Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Work & careers, Transport, Transport policy, Industrial Action, Road Haulage Association, Coronavirus


Lorry drivers plan to strike over low pay and poor working conditions

Nearly 3,000 hauliers are proposing a ‘stay at home’ day, prompting fears over already creaking food supply chainsLorry drivers are planning a nationwide strike over their working conditions, prompting warnings that this would magnify food shortages and cripple the country’s already creaking supply chains.Hauliers are proposing a “stay at home” day next month in response to low pay and working terms, an event designed to compound the effect of the UK’s lorry-driver shortage , which last week led...
Tags: Food, Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Work & careers, Transport, Transport policy, Industrial Action, Road Haulage Association, Coronavirus


‘It’s incredibly poor’: Scottish islanders angry at failing ferry service

Ageing fleet hit by breakdowns and cancellations, with capacity low on services that do run due to CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe perfume and toiletries shop overlooking Brodick Bay on Arran is normally packed in the summer, as day-trippers and holidaymakers stream off the mainland ferries at the busy terminal just across the bay.But this summer has been grim, said Andrew Russell, the sales director for Arran Sense of Scotland, formerly known as Arran Aromat...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Transport, Health policy, Scottish politics, Transport policy, Andrew Russell, Arran, Coronavirus, Brodick Bay, Arran Sense of Scotland


Transport secretary backs London mayor’s rule for compulsory masks on TfL

Grant Shapps supports use of masks despite government removing legal requirementCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGrant Shapps, the transport secretary, has said he always “expected, and indeed, wanted” some train, bus and rail companies to insist on mask-wearing on their services, despite the government removing legal requirements for face coverings in England.The minister said he backed the decision of Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, to carry on requiring face coverings...
Tags: England, London, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Transport, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus


Shapps: mask-wearing expected to remain on public transport

Transport secretary backs use of masks despite government removing legal requirements for face coveringsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGrant Shapps, the transport secretary, has said he always “expected, and indeed, wanted” some train, bus and rail companies to insist on mask-wearing on their services, despite the government removing legal requirements for face coverings in England.The minister said he backed the decision of Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, to carry on ...
Tags: England, London, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Transport, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus


Masks to remain compulsory on London tube, buses and trains

Face coverings still required on London transport from 19 July despite national rail operators making them optionalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMask wearing will remain compulsory on the tube and other London transport services after next Monday, Transport for London is to announce, as national rail and bus operators in England said they would only request passengers follow government guidance.Unions and bus industry bodies attacked the government for its confused ...
Tags: Politics, England, London, Scotland, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, London Underground, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus, Monday Transport for London


UK food worker shortages push prices up and risk Christmas turkey supplies

Dearth of delivery drivers, abattoir staff and fruit pickers caused by Covid and Brexit are fuelling wage rises with 5% hike in prices forecastFood prices could rise by about 5% by the autumn – and turkeys and pigs in blankets could be in short supply this Christmas – as shortages of delivery drivers, abattoir staff and other workers drive up pay and other costs.Industry insiders say that pay for lorry drivers and other supply chain workers, including abbatoir workers, plus vegetable and fruit p...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, European Union, UK News, Pay, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Food & drink industry, Transport, Inflation, Uk Unemployment And Employment Statistics, Transport policy, Brexit


Irish people in Britain to get green light to visit friends and family

Europe’s strictest border controls to be relaxed as Ireland prepares to allow visits for essential reasonsUp to 400,000 Irish people in Britain are to be given the green light to visit family and friends at home for the first time in six months as Ireland prepares to lift the strictest border controls in Europe.Only those with essential reasons such as haulage, health or funeral attendance have been allowed to enter the country since the border restrictions were imposed in January. Continue read...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Travel & leisure, UK News, Britain, Ireland, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Flights, Brexit, Coronavirus